Medical Writer

DEPARTMENT: Clinical Operations
MANAGER: Vice President, Clinical Operations
TYPE: Full-time


Aptose Biosciences is searching for a Medical Writer Manager (MWM) to support Clinical, Medical, & Research in San Diego, California. The MWM will collaborate with internal and external key team partners to develop clinical documents, abstract and publications that are aligned with the Company objectives.


  • Generate content in collaboration with authors/collaborators for protocols, investigator’s brochure, clinical study reports, safety updates, abstracts, posters, orals, manuscripts, and slide sets working from various data sources 
  • Performs Quality Control checking and proof reading of all required documents to meet customer expectation 
  • Manage multiple documents across different molecules/projects and obtain feedback from all key partners to define and implement documents strategies 
  • Appropriately communicates the scientific significance and value of all documents to the target audience, consistent with business processes and compliance requirements 
  • Understand and use product strategy, communication objectives, and lexicon appropriately to ensure alignment with publication content 
  • Maintain relationships with internal and external collaborators/authors on assigned documents and supports process improvement 
  • Understand the publication landscape (e.g., journals, congresses, readership) and advise key stakeholders accordingly 
  • Support documents and publication strategies and prioritization of documents and publications 
  • Drive documentation project timelines and handle multiple projects at a time; may support one or more products 
  • Ensure quality, alignment with objectives, and timely completion of publications while staying on track with allocated budgets


  • PhD or Master’s degree and 3 years; OR 
  • Bachelor’s degree and 5 years, of clinical documentation and publication content development experience


  • PhD, MD, or PharmD with at least 3 year of clinical documentation and publication development experience for industry in the bio-pharmaceutical sector 
  • Experience preparing clinical research documents, and manuscripts for publication in peer-reviewed medical journals as well as abstracts and posters or oral presentations for scientific congresses 
  • Experience working in a matrix team setting 
  • Experience collaborating with clinical investigator authors/collaborators on documents and publication development 
  • Exceptional analytical, communication, organizational, and interpersonal skills 
  • Ability to apply project management skills to advance numerous projects at a time and to deliver high-quality documents rapidly 
  • Ability to lead and/or facilitate effective team meetings for deliverables 
  • Proficient in word processing and pertinent software (e.g., Microsoft Office, EndNote) 
  • Knowledgeable about ICMJE (International Committee of Medical Journal Editors) and GPP3 
  • Good Publication Practices 3 guidelines 


  • Knowledge of cGMP requirements for pharma / biotech industry 
  • Small molecule drug development 
  • Regulatory environment 
  • Process, procedures and best practices 
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, and Power Point) and Smartsheet 


  • Attention to details 
  • Collaborate 
  • Communicate effectively in English, both oral and written 
  • Deliver on commitments 
  • Detail oriented and meticulous follow through 
  • Maintain composure 
  • Organizational skills 
  • Proactively plan and organize 
  • Solve problems 
  • Adapt 
  • Be self-aware 
  • Manage and improve process 
  • Facilitate 
  • Influence and persuade 
  • Lead


  • Up to 10%

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Accepted formats: PDF, Word Doc

Accepted formats: PDF, Word Doc